The object of the Indiana Professional Fire Fighters Political Action Committee is to develop good government on the local and state level, and to promote the good and welfare of the Indiana Professional Fire Fighters through active participation in the political process.
Why does the PFFUI need a PAC?Indiana campaign finance laws severely limit labor organizations expenditures for political purposes.
During any calendar year, no labor organization may make total political contributions in excess of:
- $2,000 aggregate limit to all State Senate Candidates.
- $2,000 aggregate limit all State House of Representatives Candidates.
- $5,000 aggregate limit to all Statewide Candidates.
- $5,000 aggregate limit to all State Political Parties.
- $2,000 aggregate limit to all Legislative Caucus Committees of the State Senate.
- $2,000 aggregate limit to all Legislative Caucus Committees of the House of Representatives.
Without a PAC the PFFUI would only be able to contribute:
- Approximately $40.00 to each State Senate Candidate
- Approximately $20.00 to each State Representative Candidate
Realistically, the PFFUI would only be able to make reasonable contributions to an extremely small number of candidates thus severely limiting our ability to be influential and effective players in the political arena. The successes we achieve in the Indiana General Assembly protecting and enhancing our pensions and other benefits could not be realized without participation in the political process. Elected officials have the ultimate ‘say-so’ in the statutes governing virtually every aspect of our careers. The state officials we lobby with cross all party lines and we are totally bipartisan in our support of those elected representatives who support professional Fire Fighters.
What legislative benefits have Fire Fighters realized through the political efforts of the PFFUI?
- Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
- Presumptive occupational disease line of duty benefits
- Reduction in retirement age for 1977 Fund members from age 55 to age 52
- Line of Duty Death Memorial
- Improved residency requirements
- Felony law for battery to a fire fighters
- Increased pension death benefit to $9,000
- Increased line of duty death benefit to $150,000
- Federal income tax free line of duty disability and death benefits
- Tuition free education at state institutions for line of duty death surviving children
- Fire Fighters can run for elected offices and serve if elected
- Cities or towns responsible for all medical costs for line of duty injuries
- Pension relief funds for unfunded liabilities of old pension acts
- Model merit system
- Countless other efforts enabling benefiting legislation and defeating undesirable legislation
How can you help the PFFUI continue to benefit Fire Fighters in the legislative arena?
- Contribute $1.00 per paycheck to the Indiana Fire Fighters PAC
The Indiana Fire Fighters PAC relies solely upon voluntary contributions. The limitations detailed above do not apply to PAC’s using voluntarily contributed funds. The PFFUI is requesting each member dedicate a minimum of $1.00 per paycheck to build an effective political action committee. These contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes.Are the benefits we have achieved and those we hope to achieve worth a mere $1.00 per paycheck? There is strength in numbers. If every member meets this challenge the Indiana Fire Fighters PAC would have over $100,000 a year to effectively promote the good and welfare of Indiana Professional Fire Fighters.Please send your contribution today by personal check payable to:
Indiana Fire Fighters PAC
P.O. Box 15735
Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5735